Pearson is one of five main Awarding Organisations (AO) offering GCE A Levels in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the largest AO to offer GCE A Levels outside of the UK. GCE A levels are regarded internationally as the ‘gold standard’ of UK education, and recognised for entry on to undergraduate degrees programmes by universities worldwide.
University recognition guide
- One of the most respected qualifications in the world leading to university study.
- The most widely studied qualification by UK students aged 16-18.
- The most referenced qualification by top-ranked UK institutions for progression onto university education and accepted by the world's leading research universities
- Recognised by the top 100 universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings universities, including; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), California Institute of Technology (Caltech), John Hopkins University and the University of Toronto.
- Download letters of recognition from US credit evaluators; who are available to support Edexcel GCE A level students with their application to US universities. US universities also seek guidance from credit evaluators when recognising international qualifications for undergraduate entry.
- View examples of universities that offer Edexcel GCE A level credit exemptions for advanced entry
Read case studies of Edexcel GCE A level students who have successfully gone to to world leading universities.
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Edexcel International GCSE recognition
- Pearson Edexcel International GCSEs and GCSEs are recognised and accepted by universities worldwide.
- Some universities may state minimum grades required for university entry in some subjects. This is usually for English and Maths and sometimes Science subjects.
- International GCSEs and GCSEs in England are both moving to a 9-1 grading scale from 2016/2017 and universities have confirmed that they recognise the new scale in terms of admission requirements.